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July 20, 2022

Favorite Scenes No.29: Us

Jordan Peele made his film Us in 2019. It is a complex film dealing with the concept of “the other.” Donald Trump was president at the time […]
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February 27, 2022

Favorite Scenes No.28: Paris Texas

    German director Wim Wenders made Paris Texas in 1984. He co-wrote the script with Sam Shepard. Paris Texas was Wender’s first “American” film and in preparation, he […]
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February 1, 2022

Favorite Scenes No.27: The Last Emperor

    You never know what will strike a chord and stay fixed in your memory but often it is something small and specific. When it […]
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November 21, 2021

Favorite Scene №26: Aguirre The Wrath of God

    In 1972 Werner Herzog dragged his pet mad man Klaus Kinski and a small group of actors to Peru to shoot Aguirre The Wrath of […]
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November 17, 2021

Favorite Scenes №25: The Thing

The Thing was finally released in 1982 after eight messy years of machinations. It was directed by John Carpenter and written and rewritten by Bill Lancaster. […]
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November 12, 2021

Favorite Scenes №24: American History X

American History X is an uneven film. Watching it for the first time in 22 years, the dialogue, in particular, seemed stilted and awkward. However, the […]
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November 10, 2021

Favorite Scenes №23: Unforgiven

In 1992 Clint Eastwood deconstructed the Western genre with his movie Unforgiven. The film peels back the layers of the Western genre mythology to look […]
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November 7, 2021

Favorite Scenes №22: Delicatessen

Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro made Delicatessen in 1991. It’s an odd film composed of comical interlocking vignettes each contained in a different little corner […]
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November 5, 2021

Favorite Scenes №21 Playtime

In 1967 Jacques Tati brought his signature character, Monsieur Hulot, back to the silver screen. This time in an ambitious and expensive new film entitled […]
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November 4, 2021

Favorite Scenes №20: Enter The Dragon

In 1973 Robert Clouse directed, Bruce Lee’s second to last movie Enter The Dragon. It was not a good film, but it contained one of Bruce Lee’s […]
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November 2, 2021

Favorite Scenes №19: Pan’s Labyrinth

Guillermo Del Toro made Pan’s Labyrinth in 2006. It was a thickly layered film with several themes running through it simultaneously, each enriching the other. There is […]
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November 1, 2021

Favorite Scenes №18: Female Prisoner Scorpion: Beast Stable

In 1973, Shunya Itō released Female Prisoner Scorpion: Beast Stable, his third installment in the Scorpion series. The opening of this movie is the most badass […]
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October 31, 2021

Favorite Scenes №17: Mulholland Drive

David Lynch made Mulholland Drive in 2001. It was the middle film in a Los Angeles trilogy that also included Lost Highway and Inland Empire. The espresso scene […]
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October 30, 2021

Favorite Scenes №16: Poltergeist

Tobe Hooper made Poltergeist in 1982. It’s an uneven film that is more entertaining than it is artful, but the choice to cast Zelda Rubinstein as the […]
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October 29, 2021

Favorite Scenes №15 To Catch A Thief

Hitchcock often made realism and plausibility a priority in his films. Movies like Rope, Strangers on a Train, and Psycho were meant to be seen as events that could […]
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October 28, 2021

Favorite Scenes №14: The Breakfast Club

John Hughes may have his limitations as a filmmaker but in his 1985 comedy The Breakfast Club, he finds an ingenious expositional device that he uses […]
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October 27, 2021

Favorite Scenes №13: Nostalgia

Andre Tarkovsky made his film Nostalgia in 1983. It is a breathtaking two hours and ten minutes of heart-aching humanism. Nestled in the middle of the movie […]
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October 26, 2021

Favorite Scenes №12: Modern Times

In 1936 Charlie Chaplin released his silent film Modern Times, a treatise on humanity’s uneasy relationship to the industrial revolution and the ascendency of capitalism. Early […]
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October 25, 2021

Favorite Scenes №11: Moonlight

​Barry Jenkins made Moonlight In 2016. In it, we witness a young man’s struggle to construct a male identity. In the first third of the film, we […]
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October 24, 2021

Favorite Scenes №10: The 7th Voyage of Sinbad

Nathan Juran released his fantasy adventure extravaganza, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, in 1958. The movie provided Ray Harryhausen an opportunity to showcase the stop motion skills […]
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October 23, 2021

Favorite Scenes №9: Ran

​In 1985 Akira Kurosawa finished his grand-scale opus, Ran. The film is his interpretation of Shakespeare’s King Lear. It is full of spectacular imagery, ornate […]
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October 22, 2021

Favorite Scenes №8: The Witch

In 2015 Robert Eggers released his period, horror, film The Witch. As a whole, the film had its strengths and weaknesses, but the scene where […]
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October 21, 2021

Favorite Scenes №7: A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire was the result of a confluence of great talent. Elia Kazan directed it for Warner Brothers in 1951. The screenplay was written […]
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October 20, 2021

Favorite Scenes №6: Tampopo

In 1985 Juzo Itami made a film about food called Tampopo. There is a central story about a woman learning how to make Ramen but […]
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